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GOLF: Brown impresses again to land Seniors double at Brean

MEL Brown completed the June Seniors double at Brean Golf Club by adding the Medal win to his earlier Stableford triumph, writes Andrew March.

An impressive gross score of 80 equated to a nett score of 62 for him which saw him comfortably finish at the head of the Division One scorechart.

His nearest challenger was Matt Haskins who was four behind with Mark Banczyk-Gee taking third on 67.

Just one player broke par in the Second Division with Bill Marlow returning a winning nett 66. Like Brown, Marlow enjoyed a four stroke cushion of victory ahead of Steve Barker with Bill Cocking in third with a nett 71.

After the postponement of inter-club contests when the pandemic began the Seniors have now restarted their matches and have had a mixed bag of results in their opening three games.

They have proved very strong at home but didn’t travel too well in their only away fixture. Both Weston-Super-Mare and Tall Pines have been defeated on home turf but a heavy defeat was suffered by Mike Short’s men on a drizzly day at Oake Manor early last week.

Not so long ago 50 stableford points in a betterball event was almost unheard of but now, mainly it seems thanks to the new World Handicap System, it has become the norm for a winning score in these types of events.

The Super Series betterball on Saturday was no exception as Barrie Tucker and John Ham led the way with a half century to their name. Two halves of 25 gave them the duo the win ahead of two pairs who posted 49. Husband and wife team Bill and Shirley Marlow were placed second on the back nine countback ahead of Alan Eboe and Mark Ashley with Clive Goode and Nigel Ellis taking the fourth prize on 48.

The damp weather restricted the numbers that took part in the Super Series Stableford on Sunday morning but it didn’t dampen the scoring with the leading four players all topping the 40 point mark. Countbacks over the back nine were required for both first and third places.

In the one that decided the winner it was Andrew Pound who prevailed ahead of Paul Bacon after they had both scored an impressive 42 points. One point behind that pair was Leighton Jenkins and Neil Williams who had to be separated in the same way. It was Jenkins who took third place with Williams settling for fourth.

Sunday also saw the mixed event of the Jubilee Plate contested with a greensomes stableford being the format of the day. Scoring was very close with just two points separating the leading four pairs at the end.

Chris Stephens teamed up with Sue Wright and the duo provided the winning score of 39 stableford points to take home the silverware.

Trevor Pitt and Lyn Bird were second just one point behind Stephens and Wright who were also their playing partners for the day. Ron and Linda Edmondson held off Steve and Gail Mason on a countback for third after both pairs handed in 37 points.

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